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Study Tourism at Otago

Tourism at Otago goes beyond conventional thinking and explores all aspects of the industry.

Focusing on local and international perspectives you will understand the big picture as well as the day-to-day operations. Study tourism at Otago and you’ll be immersed in a rich, multicultural environment.

You’ll be all set to really discover what the world has to offer. Be a part of the future of tourism in New Zealand and shape the international stage.

Why study Tourism?

The tourism sector offers you the opportunity to drive change and innovation, while focusing on sustainable practices and mutual benefit for local communities. It is as dynamic as it is diverse. Tourism is a critical element of the New Zealand economy and has been earmarked by the Prime Minister as a key sector of the economy that continues to play a leading role in New Zealand’s economic development. It is about unlocking the potential of tourism places, managing natural and built resources, understanding heritage and cultural issues, developing events and co-creating experiences that leave a lasting impression on locals and visitors alike.

The study of tourism is about understanding tourism and hospitality, and being well placed to manage tourism – be it at the level of business, destination or government – for sustained success. Tourism is also about practical things like hospitality, planning, managing and marketing. Being part of the Bachelor of Commerce, you will gain solid skills in business alongside knowledge of the societal and environmental implications of tourism. By the end of your degree, you’ll enter a resilient industry with multiple dynamic opportunities for graduates.

Background required

There are no formal prerequisites needed to study tourism at 100-level. However English, geography and tourism at secondary school (NCEA) are useful background subjects. Tourism is for those passionate about understanding the links between people, travel, the environment and society.

Career opportunities

The industry needs motivated, educated people who understand the wider environmental, social and economic issues affecting tourism businesses. With the broad business education gained by Otago graduates, your opportunities are global.

Areas you can work in include:

  • Adventure tourism
  • Customer relations
  • Events and conference co-ordination
  • Heritage, museums, art galleries
  • Hotel management
  • Regional and government tourism organisations
  • Sales and marketing
  • Visitor services


Explore your study options further. Refer to enrolment information found on the following qualification pages.

Programme requirements

Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) majoring in Tourism

Level Papers Points

TOUR 101  Introduction to Tourism

TOUR 102  Global Tourism or TOUR 103  Introduction to Hospitality

BSNS 111 Business and Society, BSNS 112 Interpreting Business Data, BSNS 113 Economic Principles and Policy, BSNS 114 Financial Decision Making, BSNS 115 Accounting and Information Systems – must normally be taken in first year of study





TOUR 217  Tourist Behaviour

TOUR 218  Tourism and Hospitality Enterprise Management

TOUR 219  Destination Management





Four 300-level TOUR papers


108 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above. Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Commerce.



Every programme must include BSNS 111-115. At least three of these papers must be passed before enrolling in any 200-level Commerce paper, and all must normally be passed before enrolling in any 300-level Commerce paper. For single-degree BCom students, all five must be attempted in the first year of study or equivalent.

STAT 110 or STAT 115 will be accepted as an alternative to BSNS 112 as a required paper or as part of the major subject requirements or as a prerequisite when:
(a) the paper has been passed before the student has enrolled for a BCom degree; or
(b) a student is enrolling for both a BCom and another degree for which STAT 110 or STAT 115 is required.

Total   360

Bachelor of Commerce with Honours (BCom(Hons)) in Tourism


No new enrolments will be accepted for this subject for 2024.

Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad) endorsed in Tourism

Papers required

Note: Endorsement may require enrolment in papers totalling more than 120 points, depending on the extent of prior study in relevant subjects and whether the student wishes to be eligible for postgraduate study in the subject of endorsement.

Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (PGDipCom) in Tourism


Master of Commerce (MCom) in Tourism

  • Thesis: TOUR 5

Master of Tourism (MTour)


The 180 point programme of study shall consist of three compulsory papers:

  • TOUR 423  Advanced Tourism Concepts
  • TOUR 424  Tourism Methods and Analysis
  • TOUR 590 Research Dissertation (60 points)

Plus papers to the equivalent of 80 points from:

  • TOUR 411 Tourist Culture
  • TOUR 416 Tourism Entrepreneurship and Business
  • TOUR 418 Tourism Destination Development
  • TOUR 420 Special Topic
  • TOUR 421 Special Topic: Global Hospitality Operations
  • TOUR 422 Tourism and Global Environmental Change
  • TOUR 426 Event Management
  • TOUR 427 Tourism and Development Ethnographic Field School

A maximum of 20 points may be included from non-Tourism electives at 400-level.

Minor subject requirements

Tourism as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BEntr, BHealSc, BACom, BASc or BComSc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Entrepreneurship (BEntr), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom), Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) or Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc) degree

Level Papers Points

TOUR 101  Introduction to Tourism


Above 100-level

TOUR 219  Destination Management

Three of:
TOUR 216  Sport Tourism
TOUR 217  Tourist Behaviour
TOUR 218  Tourism and Hospitality Enterprise Management
TOUR 301  Cultural and Heritage Tourism
TOUR 305  Tourism Product Development
TOUR 306  Ecotourism and Sustainable Development
TOUR 310  Leisure: Lives and Societies
TOUR 350  Special Topic
TOUR 351  Special Topic

including at least one 300-level paper



Total   90


Paper code Year Title Points Teaching period
TOUR101 2023 Introduction to Tourism 18 points Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer School
TOUR102 2023 Global Tourism 18 points Semester 2, Summer School
TOUR103 2023 Introduction to Hospitality 18 points Semester 1
TOUR214 2023 Introduction to Wine Business 18 points Summer School
TOUR216 2023 Sport Tourism 18 points Semester 1
TOUR217 2023 Tourist Behaviour 18 points Semester 2
TOUR218 2023 Tourism and Hospitality Enterprise Management 18 points Semester 2
TOUR219 2023 Destination Management 18 points Semester 1
TOUR221 2023 Special Topic 18 points Not offered in 2023
TOUR301 2023 Cultural and Heritage Tourism 18 points Semester 2
TOUR303 2023 Tourist Accommodation Management 18 points Semester 1
TOUR304 2023 Event and Conventions Management 18 points Semester 2
TOUR305 2023 Tourism Product Development 18 points Semester 2
TOUR306 2023 Ecotourism and Sustainable Development 18 points Semester 1, Summer School
TOUR310 2023 Leisure: Lives and Societies 18 points Summer School
TOUR350 2023 Special Topic: Heritage Interpretation in the Digital Age 18 points Summer School
TOUR351 2023 Special Topic 18 points Not offered in 2023
TOUR411 2023 Tourist Culture 20 points Semester 1
TOUR416 2023 Tourism Entrepreneurship and Business 20 points Not offered in 2023
TOUR418 2023 Tourism Destination Development 20 points Semester 1
TOUR420 2023 Special Topic 20 points Not offered in 2023
TOUR421 2023 Special Topic: Global Hospitality Operations 20 points Not offered in 2023
TOUR422 2023 Tourism and Global Environmental Change 20 points Semester 2
TOUR423 2023 Advanced Tourism Concepts 20 points Semester 1
TOUR424 2023 Tourism Methods and Analysis 20 points Semester 2
TOUR426 2023 Event Management 20 points Semester 2
TOUR427 2023 Tourism and Development Ethnographic Field School 20 points Not offered in 2023
TOUR480 2023 Dissertation 40 points Full Year
TOUR590 2023 Research Dissertation 60 points Semester 1, Semester 2, 1st Non standard period

Key information for future students

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Department of Tourism
Otago Business School